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boehner is standing his ground. >> you know, the american people this week didn't give us a mandate to simply do the simple thing. they elected us to lead. they gave us a mandate to work together to do the best for our country. >> reporter: both parties will have to compromise by the end of the year to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." if they don't, the country faces a rollback of tax cuts as well as big cuts to defense and social programs. and there will be little time for the winners to celebrate. next tuesday, congress convenes and the top discussion will be on that "fiscal cliff." at the white house, tara mergener cbs 5. >> mitt romney and his wife left their boston hotel this morning. their future is uncertain. romney spent the past six years running for president. what's next? the initial plan is to spend time with family. but his wife recently said he will not run again for president. there is april general consensus the 65-year-old politician was unlikely -- there is a general consensus the 65-year-old politic was unlikely to disappear from the public altogether. >>> vot
of communication between the president and the house speaker john boehner. >> i'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. >> everyone wants to get our economy moving again. everyone wants to get more americans back to work again. >> reporter: could this be washington code for a real compromise? political science expert max neimann says that's exactly what it is. >> and there's a kind of dance taking place in which each side wants to portray itself as the one that is reasonable. >> reporter: that could be tough on capitol hill. today the president promised to veto any deals that include tax cuts on people making more than $250,000 a year a move republicans say will only cost more jobs. >> if we're serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. and that means asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more in taxes. >> according to the ernst & young raising the top rates would destroy nearly 700,000 jobs in our country. >> reporter: while the president and the speaker are at odds over income taxes on wealthier ame
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